The Dead Live at The Forum on 2009-05-09
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02.Viola Lee Blues >
04.Viola Lee Blues >
06.Viola Lee Blues
03.Shakedown Street >
04.New Speedway Boogie >
05.Scarlet Begonias >
06.Fire on the Mountain
03.Dark Star >
04.Wharf Rat >
05.Dark Star >
07.One More Saturday Night
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|One More Saturday Night|
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|Viola Lee Blues|
|Dark Star >|
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|Wharf Rat >|
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Subject: fun show
Subject: we are everywhere
Subject: This Is An Incredible Show
Subject: Great recording. Thanks Maury!
This is the best, imho, because it is here and now and the guys are just not settling down. They continue to search and reach. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. This night it definitely worked!!!
Miss you Pig, Keith, Brent and Jerry, thanks for the memories!
Subject: I don't understand the constant sniping...
Subject: LIVIN IT--LOVIN IT--LIFE
THIS IS WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF!! I will FOREVER be thinking, smiling, singing, and DANCING to this show...MAY THE MUSIC NEVER STOP!
Subject: Keep On Truckin'...
The time is now. This is a band. If you like what you hear, listen. Otherwise, I hear that The Archies are getting back together. Go see them instead.
Nice job, taper. The skin's crispy and there's no blood next to the bones. Very tasty.
The Machine is in fine tune.
Subject: First LA cosmic charlie in 30+ years?
Forget about which show is the best on this tour, they are all great. I went to 6 of them including the garden and both nights at Izod and had a ball. I think what defines a great tour is everyone feeling like they have just had their faces ripped off when they get out sweat-soaked thinking 'that was it, there is no way they could play ANY BETTER ANYWHERE ELSE' thats when the skull winks at you as it levitates on the ceiling that night when you are trying to go to sleep and your mind is wandering like the wild geese in the west.
Who would have know they would have blown the doors off of the forum like this? Both this and MSG closed with a smoking stones song (gimme shelter with warren just flattening the place) but this Satisfaction may be Bobby's single best song on the tour - maybe he plays better on the Left coast?
I think each show had something special about it on this tour but think it will be remembered as:
2 Izod 1/Spectrum 2 tie
Subject: Best Show of the Tour
Subject: Wow! What a great recording!
PS: While I reflected upon the previous post that recommended reserving five star ratings for the good ole Grateful Dead, this show is great, it's now and so I'm gonna give it five despite the poster's reasonable argument.
Subject: Cooler Heads Live
Subject: Great Times, Surprisingly Good (NOT EPIC) Music
run EVER by the Grateful Dead and its various
That means better than '74, better than '77, better than '90. Better than YOUR favorite year
or two of the Grateful Dead.
Obviously, this is not the case. What's happening
is the collective tribal sense of relief and excitement at these very, very enjoyable shows
has invoked an understandable but clearly wildly
exaggerated critical response. What people are really voting for is the phoenix-like revival
of the various elements, musical and otherwise,
that were so important for huge numbers of people.
There is nothing wrong with voting with your heart. I know people who attended dozens of shows
strictly to bathe in the unique ambience that
was the Grateful Dead experience. They danced and
loved and the actual musicality was less important
to them than the overall gestalt, a rare and wonderful collective consciousness that is almost
impossible to attain by living "normally".
And, yes, this current stuff is eminently listenable stuff,putting to shame virtually all other current
rock performances. We are fortunate beyond belief
that so much of the core experience has survived
for so long, defying all odds.
However. As cooler heads prevail, and a more technical analysis of the music is forthcoming,
I see the long-term average rating of these shows
drifting downwards to where I would rank them,
between a 3- and 4- star.
The best way to demonstrate what I mean is to
transcribe into a formal musical score the individual efforts of the various musicians. Even
an untrained eye could see, merely by the distribution and complexity of the notes, that this is far less challenging and virtuoso playing
than the peaks the Grateful Dead achieved routinely during their greatest periods. They play it a lot safer, and conform to a much more
conventional underlying game plan - with, nonetheless, gratifying results.
Not that, as they say, there's anything wrong with that! These shows are hugely worth attending.
Runaway and unbridled enthusiasm is understandable
under the circumstances. Ultimately, however,
time will judge the relative merit of these performances, and,as cooler heads prevail, I suspect a more modest evaluation will triumph.
We shall see.
Nonetheless, four well-earned stars are awarded.
Subject: Spent a lil time on the MOUNTAIN!!!!!!!!!! Dont Think - DOWNLOAD!!
Mind-blowing, like a runaway train reeling down the tracks....the highlight in my book was the Caution - absolutely smokin' - phil attacks the beginning ferociously and warren absolutely SHREDS the ending - he is really on fire here...
everybody has had a chance to catch their breath! this whole second set was really a highlight, they were ON FIRE the whole time! the New speedway (best of the tour IMO) into an absolutely scorching scarlet -> fire!!! then a very good dark star into..FINALLY!!...the first wharf rat of the tour (which i thought they would save for one of the bay area shows)...anyhow really beautiful jam towards the end!!..then they ended the night with some great bobby rockin tunes - the satisfaction really smoked..bobby really sang it WELL, and the expected OMSN was really a perfect ending to a fantastic night!!
NOW To all the complainers:
This is not the grateful dead you saw in the 70's, 80's, or 90's - its a new, and yes, older version!! do not expect them to be able to sing like they did in the past - they're older, they have been performing for over 45 years - just not physically able to do so!! just enjoy and appreciate the fact that they are still touring for US when they do not have to!!!! newsflash - - Bobby is not going to sing like Jerry! sorry! and i would rather (no offense to warren- love em) bobby take the leads as he is a founding member....nor will they be perfect - never about that! about taking risks and making great music which is exactly what they are doing on this tour!!! if you want perfectly sounding music GO WATCH AMERICAN IDOL!! and please stay off the boards and AWAY from the shows!!! we don't want your negative energy!!
"gave the best we had to give..how much we'll never know, never know"
Subject: BEST SHOW OF THE TOUR
Subject: thank you bellbutt1967
Subject: Still Sore
Thanks to Maury for the crisp recording. Muchos Apprecianatos.
Subject: Please, Bob, just relax a little and sing.
And to ask Bob (who surely sits down every morning and reads all our reviews, right?) to not howl like a drunken banshee through songs like "Black Peter." It makes it rather hard to sing along, among other things, and robs it of its emotional impact. Not that I really expect him to change after all these years, God bless him!
Otherwise a fun and interesting show.
Peace, my brothers and sisters!
Subject: Dynamic Bertha!!
The dynamic punches and breaks are on fire!
From Easter 09 to the present, The Dead have been rockin this nation. It's amazing that Billy, Bobby, Mick, & Phil in there 60's are able
to endure, thrive, and seem to be getting better and better. Sure the Dead were never really known for being vocally superior, like CSN, but more known and loved for the lyrical content and pure, sick jamzs!!!! This tour They have achieved that and much, much more....
This tour get an A++++++++
Hoping for a fall tour.
Subject: THANK YOU TAPERS!
Subject: What a Sandwich!
Subject: The Forum rocked
Thanks for keeping The Dead alive!! I hope they'll keep touring.
This was truly an amazing show.
I'm so glad I had the pleasure of going.
I sure do appreciate re-living it here. Many Thanks!!
Subject: how sweet it is...
Subject: nice show
Subject: DONT LISTEN TO THIS WHILST DRIVING
An absolute blast
The band are smoking
Warren is in stupendous form
Pity Weir continues to sing like a fuckwit
this is a well balanced audience, btw.
(p.s. these guys are too good to stop touring yet! if you're out there reading these posts, PLEASE TOUR THIS FALL!!!! augusta, maine has the perfect sized civic center for some sweet late fall shows. remember?)
Subject: Sounds good!!
Subject: tight and crisp!
Subject: Great Recording
Subject: My Loss
I had heard some of the other shows and was just not on fire enought to spend a couple hundred bucks (me and my wife) to see the show.
(And I'm 15 minutes from the Forum...)
Listening to this amazing aud, methinks I made the wrong choice!
This is the band I know and love. They're swinging like the good o'l Grateful Dead.
I'm not even done with Bertha and I'm getting chills. Definite "x" factor here.
Hearing these grooves, it wasn't just Jerry I missed--it was this groove. The dragon is definitely awake at the Forum.
Beautiful--and Jeff on Brent's hammond really shines.
Subject: LA Forum gonna have to give
Set two, although not as intense to star off as the first set, is extremely good.The band is in perfect sync and the Shakedown has the place rockin,although they don't jam it out like they did in Philly, it is quite good. Speedway has Bob and Warren trading off verses and rocks.
The Scarlet starts off alittle tenative with Warren but the end jam is really good.Worcester has THE Scarlet. They actuallly come back to the coda and end it before exploding into Fire, which is played more like the album version, nothin against that, and the ending is super.
I have to say that the post space is really a highlight. A shorter but focused DS into Wharf Rat is amazing, Bobby and Warren trade verses, and then back into the second verse of DS. Love it! The Satisfaction explodes and is much better than the one from Worcester. Bobby is on fire.
He totally kicks it down for a ragin' Saturday night too.
Easily one of the best nights of the entire tour.
Subject: Muchos Garcias!!!!!
Subject: What a night!
Subject: A monster show.
Subject: Another Fine Recording, upload and formatting by all involved
Subject: Viola Lee!!!
Thanks to the taper as well...sounds great!!!
Subject: Possibly the Show of the Tour!
The segue into Scarlet is the epitome of the seat of their pants glory that is the improv spirit...they almost lose it and then Bob steps in and saves the day to the delight of all. Interstellar overdrive from there on out...FUCK YES! See you all at the Gorge...
Sure you could probably nitpick and fine minor details to criticize, but you know what……who cares.
We had a fantastic crowd, the boys played a fiery in your face, Saturday night burner, and that’s what we all wanted to see. Very well done!
Please, let’s do this again real soon!
*What’s up with the Black Peter, double bridge??
Awesome copy of show....Kudos to the taper!!